Pistol caliber carbines certainly are a divisive category of firearms. On one side of the fence you have their proponents who cherish them for a myriad of different (and valid) reasons, and...
A carbine (/ ˈ k ɑːr b iː n / or / ˈ k ɑːr b aɪ n /), from French carabine, is a long gun firearm but with a shorter barrel than a rifle or musket. Many carbines are shortened versions of full-length rifles, shooting the same ammunition, while others fire lower-powered ammunition, including types designed for pistols.
Ruger has gotten back into the pistol-caliber carbine business with the introduction of its new Ruger PC Carbine, chambered in 9mm.
For some time I’ve championed the pistol caliber carbine (PCC) as a home and family defense tool. Every time I mention the things, however, I get emails and Facebook messages from the hobbyists who can’t see the forest for the trees.
The reality is that among the most useful and effective of all home-defense guns is the pistol-caliber carbine. Sure, if I were still in uniform, I would keep a .30-30 WCF, an SKS or an AR-15 in the cruiser.
Assembling at Gunsite for a writer’s event, the dozen or so of us in attendance did our very best to shoot all the guns and free ammo offered. Day Two was devoted to the new Ruger Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC) in 9mm and before the day was over we had fired many thousand rounds of Hornady Critical ...